The Sense In Buhari’s Daura University of Transportation
ElevateNews takes a look at the Transportation University that will take off in Daura, Katsina State in a few years.
Ask an average Nigerian where a university of transportation should be located, he will not scratch his head for an answer.
It is visible that such an institution should be located in an urban area where traffic is a big problem so that the students and lecturers will not need to stress themselves on practicals and researches.
Such cities as Kano, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Onitsha or Enugu will have naturally fit in. They come to mind immediately.
Among them all, Lagos would have been the most appropriate because of the ocean and Lagoon for water transportation study.
In fact, the intermodal transportation system that is lacking in this country would have been thoroughly researched and a local model developed to carry the growing population.
But on Monday, President Muhammadu laid the foundation of Transportation University in his own town, Daura, Katsina.
Daura is not a commercial city. It moves on light traffic but soon it will provide the academic papers to solve the problem of heavy traffic in our urban cities.
No one should blame Buhari for siting this university in his town. The institution, no doubt will bring development closer to Daura and lure back the urban dwellers to other parts of Katsina that are closer to Daura.
However, I see the new university as the hands of Esau and the voice of Jacob in that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi is the mastermind of the project as a parting gift to Mr. President.
As a military Head of State between 1983 and 1985, Buhari never used his office to influence development in his home town.
Unlike former Heads of States, Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalam Abubakar who turned Niger, their State of origin to the construction site during their regimes.
The best of roads, the Federal University of Technology, Minna and various other federal projects were sited in Niger State.
I do not think it is a bad idea for Buhari to bring development to his town but I will blame former President Olusegun Obasanjo who failed to bring development to the Southwest and ex-president Goodluck Jonathan who refused to develop Bayelsa State during their regimes.
Till date, the picture of Obasanjo is still on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway when he promised to fix the busiest road in the land but failed.
For eight years, he could not rebuild the road neither was he able to reconstruct the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
Rather he chose to build a presidential library and private university, the Bell for himself.
Must we now blame Buhari who chose to build a public varsity instead of a private one, no matter where it is located?
The University of Transportation will be built by a Chinese Company to teach transport education and the science of modern transportation.